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Cascade is our rad adventure bike.
Bikepacking, gravel, dirt.

The Cotic Cascade is our brand new drop bar or flat bar adventurer. We designed it to have the fewest compromises so you can go the furthest. It drops neatly into that space between our super capable SolarisMAX hardtail mountain bike and our road/gravel Escapade. Cascade surfs around the grey area between tarmac and trail with the kind of progressive, confident handling you would expect from Cotic. If you’ve ridden, pushed and sweated your bike to the top of a mountain, you’re going to want to be able to ride down the other side.

Cascade has a chameleon character born of its ability to wear all sorts of build options. From stripped down desert racer with carbon rigid forks, through overlander with our bespoke steel fork and custom fit luggage, to drop bar mountain bike with 100mm suspension forks and a dropper, and any combination of the above. It wears any of these build with panache, and it is just as comfortable travelling for days through wide open spaces as it is snicking down your favourite local singletrack for a quick hour blast.

We use the incredible Reynolds 853 super strength steel for the front triangle. It allows us to engineer that charismatic, traction rich and comfortable ride feel Cotic's are renowned for.

Ultimately, we’re coming at “gravel" from the MTB side, so when we get to a downhill we want the option to drop the seat, drop our heels, and crack on. The Cascade allows you to do that. It’s the off road connoisseurs drop bar bicycle.

Abby Popplestone

My 'take you anywhere' bike.

My Cascade is the ultimate adventure machine; no matter where you want to go, the Cascade can take you there. From a quick pootle around the Cotswolds to the boggy marshlands of the Pennines or the dusty Namibian desert, it can do it all.

For me, it's the perfect 'everything' bike. It’s strong, sturdy, capable (and stylish), and will carry you and your gear across continents if you want it to (it took me across Africa). It has mounting points for days so if you're an over packer like me, you'll have space for everything and the kitchen sink. On the other hand, the bike feels lighter than air when you’ve taken off your bags, it’s fantastic fun on big days out and whizzing around lanes with your mates.

Abby Popplestone
Adventure Cyclist



Demo

Are you in the UK and would like to demo a Cascade? Contact us via our Demo Page to organise a demo ride with us.

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LOVE IT OR YOUR MONEY BACK

Ride any of our products for 30 days and if you're not happy send it back for a full refund.

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Your Bike Built For You

We do things differently at Cotic. We assemble every single bike to order, and have loads of options for builds, so your Cotic is your perfect dream bike.

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Cotic Factory Collection

We now have a Factory Collection option on the bikes. Come down to our base on the edge of the Peak District, and we will set up your bike, the suspension, fit pedals, get you all comfortable. You can even take your new Cotic out on its maiden voyage around our demo loop, straight from our workshop door.

Just tick the Factory Collection check box on your order and we will look forward to seeing you. We'll contact you once your bike is built to arrange a date.



We have produced dedicated top tube bags for the Cascade frames. Available in two sizes (S/M or L/XL), these feature a waterproof removable liner and two choices of laces for attachment (rainbow or grey). The bags are hand made in the UK and in stock now. You can add one to your order when buying a bike or frameset. [ fitting instructions PDF ]

custom fitted frame bag for the Cotic Cascade

Reviews


Cotic Cascade Gold Build Full Review on bikepacking.com

"Cotic only makes steel bikes, which is one thing I love about the brand. They’re also known for pushing the envelope with progressive geometry. As evidenced in our 2022 Gear or the Year awards, I was blown away with the SolarisMAX, which made me wonder if some of their other bikes shared the same DNA—namely, a well-conceived tubeset design."

Cascade review on bikepacking.com

"The GRX drivetrain with a Deore 11-51 tooth 11-speed cassette and a Wolf Tooth Goatlink provides an excellent gear range for bikepacking and trail riding, and it’s nice to see a customized setup like this come in a stock build."

"The Cascade’s angles, long reach, and high trail add up to a bike that I found to be one of the more confident drop-bar descenders I’ve tried. That confidence is the cornerstone of what makes the Cascade special. Not only can it rail down gravel roads to no abandon, it’s also pretty sure-footed on singletrack trails. It offers a good mix of stability and handling that generally feels like a solid cross-country mountain bike in a lot of situations."

"The tubeset is one of the more comfortable I’ve tried in the drop-bar 29er category, too."

"It’s at home on gravel, singletrack, and loaded up for a multi-day trip, and it makes a versatile choice for those who like to keep their route options open. As the wise adage says: you can’t have too much of a good thing."



First Ride Live Review on Guy Kes TV

"It's fun, it's confident, it's got a nice vibe. It's just a feel good bike, and feels better and better, the further you go."



4/5 full review of the Cascade Bronze bike on off.road.cc

"This is the most stable and easily controlled adventure/gravel bike I've ever ridden."

"The Cascade's stability is a real advantage when you have it loaded up too..."



4/5 review of the Cascade Gold bike on BikeRadar

"A supremely capable drop-bar shredder"

"Huge tyre clearance; wide variety of build options; unrivalled drop-bar capability"



UKGravelCO's review of the Cascade

"So who is this bike for? Firstly anyone who wants to put a massive grin on their face, the bike is so much fun!"

"If you have never ridden a drop bar bike and are coming from an MTB back round you will feel right at home. If you have never ridden off road and want to leave the tarmac to dabble in the dirtside, then this bike will flatter and cosset you while you hone your new found skills riding the trails."

"So, Cotic Cascade: Drop bar MTB or gravel bike? Who cares! Throw your leg over one and pedal off with the biggest grin you’ve had on your face for a long time!"



Bikeperfect.com's 4/5 review of the Cascade

"And while some of you will be here for the tire and baggage bolting versatility and others for the slim steel aesthetics, handling is undoubtedly one of the best of many great aspects of the Cascade."

"Having a dropper post that can be triggered remotely from the drops is also a big enabler when it comes to getting down and dirty."


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Sizing and Geometry

Size Guide
Frame sizeRider Height in centimetresRider Height in feet and inches
XL186cm - 195cm6ft 0in - 6ft 5in
Large178cm - 188cm5ft 10in - 6ft 2in
Medium172cm - 180cm5ft 7in - 5ft 11in
Small165cm - 174cm5ft 5in - 5ft 8in
XS155cm - 166cm5ft 1in - 5ft 6in

The chart is a guide to frame size for the Cascade: Sureshot Geometry means that the frames are long and stems are short when used with drop bars (typically 60mm). You'll need at least a 350mm seatpost due to the frames having space for dropper posts. Drop us a line at size@cotic.co.uk and we'll be happy to discuss size and set up based on what you're riding at the moment.


dimensions in mm

Frame Size XS Small Medium Large XL
Seat Tube (centre-top) 400 435 470 505 540
Top Tube Length (effective) 541 561 588 613 639
Chainstay Length 438 438 438 438 438
Head Angle 68° 68° 69° 69° 69°
Seat Angle 74° 74° 74° 74° 74°
BB Drop 70 70 70 70 70
Head Tube Length 100 100 113 126 139
Reach 368 388 410 432 454
Stack 604 604 621 633 645
Wheelbase 1072 1092 1109 1136 1162
Rear Axle Thread M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75 M12x1.75
Stem (drop bar) 50-70 50-70 60-70 60-70 60-70
Stem (flat bar) 70-100 70-100 80-100 80-100 80-100
Usual Height Range 155-166cm 165-174cm 172-180cm 178-188cm 186-195cm
Cotic Alpaca fork included with frame:
Rigid Fork Length 483 483 483 483 483
Fork Offset 44 44 44 44 44
Frame & Fork Details
  • Large diameter, thinwall, air hardening Reynolds 853 steel front triangle with signature Ovalform top tube
  • EC34/EC44 tapered head tube for elegant, clean lines and comfortable bar height.
  • Reynolds 853 34.9mm seat tube gives great precision to the ride, especially when loaded.
  • 31.6mm seatpost size is dropper seatpost compatible, with internal "Stealth" routing.
  • Signature Cotic 4130 cromo wishbone stay rear end. Bridge-less S-bend chainstays with Cotic Hexten gussets for improved fatigue life
  • Huge number of bosses along the down tube at 64mm bottle cage spacing for maximum luggage and cage flexibility. These also double as the cable/hose routing points.
  • Bosses are also at bottle cage spacing:
    • Under the down tube
    • On the seat tube
    • Under the top tube at the seat tube end
    • On top of the top tube at the head tube end, meeting the ‘gas tank’ bag mounting standard
  • Mounting points for either full racks or mini Nitto M18 style racks on both rear of Cascade frame and on Alpaca fork.
  • Boost148 Thru Axle Rear End - Added wheel stiffness and clearance for 29x2.4 or 27.5x2.8 tyres
  • 483mm axle to crown Cotic Alpaca Fork, 44mm offset, Boost110 x 15 thru axle. Clearance for 29x2.6 / 27.5 x 3.0 tyres in the fork. Works great with a 100mm travel suspension fork too
  • Flat Mount +20 brakes - use your favourite drop bar brakes with proper sized 180 front/160 rear rotors.
  • Progressive geometry designed for the dirt. Cotic Sureshot Geometry brings balance, composure, fun and speed.
  • Sizes - Small (54), medium (56), large (58) and XL (60). The frames are designed to be confident and fun.
  • Weight - Frame 2.63kg/5.8lbs for the large, with axle.
    • Alpaca fork 1.38kg/3.04lb uncut without axle.
    • Salsa Firestarter 110 Deluxe Carbon fork option is 0.65kg/1.43lb without axle.
    • Rockshox SID SL Ultimate 100mm - 1.326kg/2.92lb with Maxle Stealth axle.
  • Prices for frame and fork start from £949.


ORDER YOUR FRAME
Complete Bikes

Complete bikes from: £1699

Bikes are now available worldwide, with free shipping to UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

We have several levels of stock build which are based around our favourite parts in builds you can trust. We never specify anything we haven't ridden, tested and enjoyed. However, just about everything in your build can be customised to help with fit (contact us if you need help) or to personalise your bike. Want a different fork? Shock? Brakes? Wheels? Tyres? Bars? Stem? Longer drop seatpost? Women's saddle? Men's saddle? Colour matched Hope components? No problem. It's your bike.

YOUR BIKE BUILT FOR YOU.

All the bikes are assembled from a frame right here in the UK by us. We can do everything from bare frame to complete bike: Send us your favourite saddle and grips to fit. Send us your wheels if you have a nice pair you want to use. There's no point you getting kit you don't want. It's wasteful. That gives you almost limitless options to customise and tune your bike to your needs. If you can't see an option you'd like on the order form, get in touch. We all know it's good to head off piste sometimes!

Tap on a build title below to see the default specification and price for that build... then hit the 'CONFIGURE YOUR BIKE' button to see all the customisations you can make to the build. When you select your country at the bottom of the form, sales taxes (VAT), pricing and shipping will automatically update for you. Once you're happy, order your bike!


Drop Bar / Special Deal / Bronze SRAM Apex 1x11
headsetCane Creek Headset 40 Series EC34/EC44
bottom bracketSRAM DUB BB for DUB Cranks - BBDUB5000
wheelsHUNT XC Wide 29 HG
groupsetSRAM Apex 1x11, 11-42 Cassette, Hydraulic Disc Brakes
finishing kitWTB Rocket 142 saddle and black bartape
tyresWolfpack Cross 29x2.4
seatpostCC Alu 31.6 350mm seatpost for Cascade
handlebarCotic Valley Bars - 46cm Alu Flared Drop
stemCotic 60mm Stem, 31.8 Clamp
price£1999 (Was 2599GBP)
CONFIGURE YOUR BIKE
Features and Benefits
Sureshot Geometry

The Cascade has our new Sureshot geometry. This takes all the principles that makes our Longshot mountain bike geometry so good and tailors it to drop bars. Long top tubes, short stems and slack head angles aren't just for mountain bikes. Wide and flared drop bars give you multiple hand positions for maximum comfort and stability all day, while 60-70mm stems keep the handling pin sharp for big grins.

Plenty of room for luggage in the spacious front triangle, while still allowing enough clearance for a dropper post for every rider, so you can really get the most out of SureShot geometry and your Cascade.

For those looking to put flat or MTB bars on the Cascade, it is possible and you can mount post mount brakes with specific fittings. Click on the Component Sizes tab below for full details.

Reynolds 853

Reynolds 853 builds a light, lively and fantastically robust front end, and includes our custom ride tuned Ovalform top tube which helps to deliver that famous ride feel. The frames' steel construction is compliant and naturally ground moulding, extracting grip and feedback from the trail where you thought there was none. Pair it to our custom sized and shaped heat treated cromoly rear end for the lightest, toughest, most beautiful riding frame.

Cotic Alpaca Fork

The Cascade features our all new Cotic Alpaca fork. It’s a taper steerer, heat treated cromoly wonder with so many fittings and features. 3 bolt Anything Cage on both legs, micro-rack, fender bosses, low rider mounts. Internal dynamo routing. Boost110 x 15 thru axle and Flat Mount +20 brake mount for up to 180mm front rotors. Smooth riding, clean lines, multi function.

If you want to lighten things up, we have the Salsa Firestarter 110 carbon fork as an option, or the RockShox SID Race Day Ultimate 100mm suspension forks for full dirt road bombing.

Boost Spacing - 1x Drivetrain

The Cascade is for off road riding and uses 29” wheels, so it features mountain bike style Boost110 front and Boost148 rear hub spacing for robust wheels. 53mm Boost chainline 1x dedicated design continues the simple, reliable theme.

Big Clearance Design

Cascade is a dirt bike with drop bars, so it needs proper tyres. It’s native designed for upt to 29 x 2.4” tyres at the rear, and up to 29 x 2.6 at the front. This does mean you can fit 27.5” x 2.8” rear / 27.5 x 3.0" front should you so wish, but those 29ers are where it’s at for all round performance.

Custom Luggage

As part of the development of this most adventurous of adventure bikes, we have designed a perfectly fitted frame bag. Handmade in the UK, it’s a stable and secure lace up fit, with a removable flouro liner making the interior easy to see, and easy to remove on those cafe stops.

All the fittings: Racks, Mudguards/Fenders, Cages, Luggage

There are bosses all over the Cascade frame and Alpaca fork. Most of these are in the main front triangle and are spaced at 64mm bottle boss spacing, so you have maximum flexibility in loading your bike. You can fit 2 bottles on the down tube, a bottle and an "Anything Cage", and pretty much anything else with bottle boss mounting. The possibilities are endless. These also double up as the hose routing bosses on the down tube.

Mounts for full length mudguards/fenders are present on both the frame and fork.

There are 3 boss "Anything Cage" mounts under the down tube, under the top tube and on either side of the Alpaca fork.

On the Alpaca fork and the rear triangle there are rack mounts for full racks front and rear, lowrider racks on the fork, and there are bosses halfway up the seatstay and fork leg for mounting mini racks like the Nitto M18 either front or rear.

Cascade and Alpaca have got you covered for luggage.

We Build Your Dream Bike

All Cotic bikes are assembled in the UK from and frame up. This way we can build exactly what you want. Your dream bike!

We have set specifications, but these are just the start. If it's not a choice on the order form, just ask. We have a bunch of wheel options from Hope and HUNT, tyre options from WTB and Wolfpack, and many more things to make your Cascade your own.

When you contact us you are talking to the people who design the frames and will be building your bike. We check it and build and pack it in our award winning bike boxes with the same care we would our own bike, because we know how important it is.

We build your bike, for you.

Is the Cascade the bike for you?

Like the idea of the Cascade, but want a lighter, more road bike sensibility? Have a look at the Escapade.

Maybe you want a more dedicated off road machine, but still with options for some luggage and plenty of cages? Check our the Solaris.

Origin

Cotic frames are designed, developed, engineered and tested entirely by us at our base in the Peak District, near Sheffield in the UK. Our founder - Cy Turner - is the lead designer and engineer, and our frames are rigorously ride tested by everyone at Cotic, and our Race Team. They are fully certified and lab tested in excess of the requirements of ISO4210 safety standards.

This frame is hand made in Taiwan by our specially selected framebuilder, chosen because of their vast experience with our favourite materials, and their top quality finish. They are the best in Taiwan for what we need.

Each frame is dip coated inside and out with zinc phosphate before painting, to prevent corrosion and ensure the best paint finish. After we've agonised over the colours, designs and decals the frames are painted to the highest quality including a protective clear coat, before extensive QC by our agent in Taiwan. Once the frames reach us in the UK, we carry out further QC, and prep the frames for headset and bottom bracket installation.

As always, all complete bikes are built to order by us here in the Peak District, to the exact spec of your choice. We build your bike for you.

Component Sizes

Seatpost diameter: 31.6mm (350mm minimum, seatpost insertion required: 100mm minimum)

Fork: 483mm axle to crown rigid. 100mm travel suspension fork (Maximum 506mm axle to crown length without sag)

Chainline: Maximum 38t round /36t oval, using Boost 53mm chainline

Dropper Post: Stealth Internal - P-Clip routing on the down tube

Bottom Bracket width: 73mm

Bottom Bracket thread: Conventional English/BSA

Headset: SHIS designation EC34/28.6 upper, EC44/40 lower (for example a Hope 1H) [click here for info]

Rear Hub: Boost148 12mm thru axle

Front Hub: Boost110 15mm thru axle

Front Mech: N/A - 1x only

Rear Axle: Cotic 12x148, M12x1.75 thread

Rear Mech Hanger: Cotic Escapade/Cascade [click here to order spare]

Brakes: Flat Mount +20 front and rear for up to 180mm rotors.

Brakes (flat/MTB bar): Post mount brakes can be fitted with 180mm rotors front and rear using Shimano adaptors SM-MA-F160P/D front and SM-MA-R160P/D rear.

Tyres: 29 x 2.6" or 27.5 x 3.0" front, 29 x 2.4" or 27.5 x 2.8" rear

Luggage:

Warranty & Manual

Use this link to view or download a general user manual.